Arthur Rundle – A Lifetime of Service

World Shearing recently lost one of its great servants with the passing of Arthur Rundle.

Arthur was part of the shearing competitions at the Royal Bath and West Show for forty-three years and served on the World Council of shearing since 2003 as secretary and treasurer.

He first became involved with shearing at the Bath and West through some friends at Devon YFC.

"I used to dabble with shearing on my own farm, but I didn't shear all the flock because I was more concerned with the meat industry," he said, when asked about how he started his association with the industry.

Arthur used to wholesale and retail meat, with his own shops and slaughterhouse.

Like most of the special few who have given so much to the shearing industry over the years, the 70 year old from Kelly, Devon, gained an enormous amount from it in return.

He was quoted as saying "I have had the privilege to have watched many young shearers start at the YFC and Junior level and have witnessed their upward journey through Intermediate, Senior and Open classifications,".

And his advice for young shearers?

"Observe and learn techniques from others, especially top shearers. Pay close attention to your gear. Attend training courses and compete as often as possible, travel the world to gain experience and most importantly have the self-belief and determination to stay focussed and achieve."

Words of wisdom from a man who gave so much to shearing and woolhandling in the UK and across the World for more than four decades.

The World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships Organising Committee passes on its condolences to the Rundle Family.


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